In the age where the micro-compact 9MM pistol has become the pistol of choice, how do you determine which one is the one?
Here at S&W we envisioned possibilities of the micro-compact some hadn’t believed was possible, with the introduction of the M&P® Shield™ Plus we have achieved just that. While pistols in this segment are often referred to as jumpy or snappy, the Shield Plus is as soft shooting as you would expect from a full frame pistol.
You might wonder why it’s called the Shield Plus? You might have thought it’s a nod to the 686 Plus revolver, well… We couldn’t say you were wrong! Much like the 686 Plus is the greater capacity twin to the Model 686, the Shield Plus boasts similar accomplishments.
With that being said, the Shield Plus has upped the capacity from 7 and 8 round magazines to 10 and 13 round magazines. With one in the chamber, the extended magazine in the Shield Plus doubles the capacity of the original and 2.0 Shield platforms.
Taking cues from the proven Shield 2.0 platform that we all know and love, the Shield Plus has a few additional stand-out features that really set it apart. While the original Shield and 2.0 series offer curved hinge triggers, we took your feedback on the curvature and replaced the previous generation Shield trigger with new flat-face triggers on the Shield Plus. But the differences only start there…
Another feature you can expect to find on the Shield Plus is its new enhanced grip texture. The perfect balance between the skateboard tape texture you can find on the Shield 2.0 and the light texture of the original Shield. This perfect middle ground is textured enough to allow the user a firm grip while still being comfortable enough to be concealed against the skin with ease. The grip is also where you’ll see the similarities of the Shield family come through, all the Shield models including the new Shield Plus offer an optimal 18-degree grip angle which allows the user to find their natural point of aim with ease. And while you might think that the added capacity would have made the Shield Plus larger than the previous Shields, you will find that they are all nearly identical in size.
The cherry on top of the Shield Plus package is that it comes in a variety of configurations including Performance Center models, empowering you, the user to be able to make the best choice for your EDC and lifestyle. And while we can’t make the decision for you, we feel strongly that the new M&P9 Shield Plus is a no brainer to add to your collection. Perfect for a day at the range, personal protection, and EDC; the Shield Plus, for those who demand more.